Varun Aggarwal Director, CTO

Varun has a Masters from MIT and has a crazily broad area of interests. His role in the research team starts and ends at defining the problem that has to be solved. He still claims all credit, since he believes that most problems get solved as soon as they are articulated clearly! That is the toughest part. He loves to tell people about the research AM does: @ IBM Research Watson Center, Microsoft Research Redmond, MIT (and the other school in the region!), Legatum Center, QUT and others…

Shashank Srikant Sr. Research Engineer

Shashank's key work has been in developing and leading automated programming evaluation products at Aspiring Minds. He has developed algorithms for performance assessment, maintainability and semantic assessment of written code. He also leads research collaborations at Aspiring Minds. He has filed 3 patents and his work has been published at KDD and NIPS.
He likes to be engaged in computer science/mathematics education and keenly follows startups and pedagogy formulation. Webpage:

Nisha Bhatt Sr. Software Engineer

Nisha is a part of Aspiring Minds for more than 5 years. She has worked on various internal tools, report engines and scoring algorithms of various Aspiring Minds' flagship products. Her area of work is spread across various domains such as coding, data analysis, benchmarking exercises, content review etc. She likes reading fiction in her spare time.

Vishal Venugopal Sr. Software Engineer

Vishal enjoys turning complex problems to simple and efficient algorithms. Ever since he joined in July 2012, he has had the opportunity to work on almost all the products. He strives for knowledge and has realized that a software engineer can never stop learning. He feels that every product he works on makes him a better engineer. His passion outside of work is travelling and playing team sports.

Gursimran Singh Muhar Research Engineer

Gursimran has completed BE in computer science from Thapar University, Patiala. His research work at Aspiring Minds is centered on simulation based assessments and automated evaluation of coding problems. Apart from work, he likes to fiddle with some weekend DIY robotic and electronics projects, some of which he posts on his blog at

Bhanu Pratap Singh Research Engineer

Bhanu's currently working on developing a psychomotor skill assessment tool at Aspiring Minds. He has received his bachelors in electrical engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Jaipur. He has interdisciplinary interests and has worked in the field of robotics and computational neuroscience during his undergraduate years. Besides work, all varieties of outdoor games catch his fancy.

Tarun Sahni Software Engineer

Tarun eats and sleeps systems engineering. He's been instrumental in writing internal tools on automated reporting systems from scratch and has helped productize research protoypes of some of our key products. He believes in the mantra of positive care of our minds is a must for taking positive care of our lives. He enjoys dancing and watching cricket in his spare time.

Sameer Saini Software Engineer

Sameer is the handy-man for all things software in our group. He is instrumental in designing several backend-systems which deploy multiple products, each receiving a million requests a month. The artist that he is, he strongly believes that coding is an art and gets everyone around him to constantly chant "Good Code is its own best Documentation". Besides work, he reads fiction and loves traveling.

Harsh Nisar Research Engineer

Harsh works on data-driven labor market analysis to investigate meritocracy, biases and market forces. optimizing the employment pipeline. He strongly believes in the power of data science and advocates data literacy for everyone. He has helped organize multiple data science for kids camps ( and is currently playing a leading role in building . In his free time and sometimes paid, he can be found reading random threads on HN and Reddit. Harsh has been blamed time and again for extreme pro-Python propaganda in the department. Harsh prefers mountains over beaches and playing support over carry.

Toshika Chauhan Software Engineer

Toshika is a dedicated dynamic professional with outstanding track record of defining and delivering high-value software solutions. She is self-motivated and goes to the depth of every problem and solves them with finesse. She enjoys working in a team and believes that knowledge is something that should be shared openly and on a large scale. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and listening to music.